Otto becomes 15th named storm of season

| 06/10/2010

(CNS): Updated Thursday 10am — Otto transitioned into a tropical storm from its sub-tropical status on Thursday morning as it meandered across the Atlantic. The fifteenth storm of the season was was located about 255 miles north east of Grand Turk Island and about 620 miles south-southwest of Bermuda at 10am local time. The storm is moving toward the north at a mere 2mph, and the National Hurricane Centre in Miami said the general motion is expected to continue tonight. The storm poses no threat to the Cayman Islands or any other land areas at this time and it is expected to turn toward the north-northeast and the northeast as it speeds up today or Friday Otto is expected to remain well to the east of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands.

The NHC said Otto could cause  heavy rain to the northern Leeward Islands, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico during the next day or so.
Maximum sustained winds were last reported near 60 mph with higher gusts and additional strengthening is forecast over the next fee days before Otto becomes a hurricane by on Friday night or Saturday morning. Currently storm force winds extend outward up to 105 miles.
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